Patriots wide receiver Edelman arrested
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was arraigned on one count of indecent assault and battery yesterday after allegedly groping a woman at a Halloween party at a local Boston bar. Edelman pled not guilty to the charge in Boston Municipal Court and was released with orders to stay away from the Back Bay bar Storyville. He is not allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim or witnesses. The woman who witnessed the altercation claims she saw Edelman bump into the victim when her face “changed into an expression of shock.” Both the victim and witness asked to have the Patriot thrown out of the bar, only to have the staff throw them out. The manager of Storyville explained that the witness was threatening to beat up the wide receiver on the dance floor. The Patriots issued a statement yesterday stating the “are aware of the reports regarding Edelman and will defer any comments to his representatives at this time.”
Yankees lock up CC Sabathia
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia announced that he had signed a new contract with the team via his Twitter account, saying “Yankees fans, I’ll be here fighting for [title] number 28 next year!” Reports have stated that the contract will be worth $122 million over the next five seasons with $30 million guaranteed. The deal will make the 31 year old hurler a Yankee through 2016 with a vesting option for 2017 which would be worth an additional $25 million. Sabathia released a video to New York fans thanking the Steinbrenner family and telling fans his “goal the whole time was to be able to finish [his] career as a Yankee, and, hopefully, [he] can do that with what [they] got accomplished today.
Atlanta Braves trade Derek Lowe
The Atlanta Braves have traded veteran starter Derek Lowe to his fifth MLB team, dealing him to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for left-handed prospect Chris Jones. The 38-year-old Lowe struggled last season, going just 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA in 34 starts. He was an integral part in the 2004 Red Sox team that reversed the “Curse of the Bambino”, winning the final clinching games in the ALDS, ALCS and the World Series. Lowe joins a young Indians staff that features Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin and Fausto Carmona. Lowe has been one of the most durable pitchers in the league, pitching at least 180 innings every season since 2002, and has a 166-146 record with 85 saves in 15 seasons.